Arbitration in London—venues and other practical matters
Arbitration in London—venues and other practical matters

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This Practice Note provides guidance on London venues where arbitral hearings can be held and related matters.

London has many bodies that promote the settlement of international disputes through arbitration and provide arbitral services. Many of the international arbitration institutions will also hire out rooms for hearings in arbitrations whether or not they are being conducted under its auspices.

It is usual for the parties to agree with the tribunal where the hearing will take place and for how long the rooms will be required well in advance to ensure suitable availability. It is not uncommon for the hearing to take place in the offices of the lawyers acting for one of the parties. However, this is only possible with the consent of all parties and in many cases the tribunal and other party may be more comfortable for the hearing to take place in a neutral venue. This is less of a concern if the chair of the tribunal is based at a City law firm and offers the parties suitable office space for a hearing.

Rooms

Rooms at the chosen venue should be booked for slightly longer than the scheduled hearing, allowing for any extension of time that may be required. It is usual to book a main hearing room, one room for each party and a separate room for